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A Data-Led, Common Sense Approach to Online Fundraising

  Stanford computer scientists Jure Leskovec and Tim Althoff have analysed 14-years worth of online donations to help organisations systematise behaviours that can greatly boost the cash value of donations. Their analysis of anonymous data reveals insights into ways to increase donor retention, from the kinds of requests that perform well, to the timings of […]

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Growing Impact By Investing in Networks

  Foundations are increasingly investing time, effort, and money into building networks in order to better achieve their goals and leverage resources. In several instances, smaller foundations have been able to increase their funding by working with other funders as network partners.   In ‘Investing in Networks Grows Impact’, Madeleine Taylor examines this growing trend […]

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Data as Art

  Art is as much about the technologies available to artists as it is the sociopolitical context in which it is created. A community of artists are creating conceptual works from data collected digitally, blurring the lines between what constitutes scientific data presentation and art. Data artists use large amounts of information to artistically represent […]

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Facebook for Good

  Recently, Facebook expanded its Facebook for Business offering to include a dedicated platform for Non-Profits. Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, Middle East, and Asia, made the announcement on the new platform itself.   Mendelsohn shares Facebook’s mission to “make the world more open and connected.” They recognize that “you and your organisation can […]

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Preview: Do Good Data 2015

  After a jam-packed schedule at The Skoll World Forum for Social Enterprise just over a week ago, we’re now lucky enough to be heading to Do Good Data 2015. It is the leading conference on data, research, and analytics for social sector professionals, not to mentioned being organized by long-term contributor and friend to […]

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Bloomberg Gives $42 Million to Help Cities do More with Data

  Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is making a major investment in the development of data for cities, according to Jim Tankersley of the Washington Post. Their goal is to invest $42 million to create the What Works Cities Initiative, “aimed at helping 100 mid-size cities […]

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Visualizing Ourselves… with Crowd-Sourced Data

  For today’s New Roundup we take a look at a data visualization TED talk, focused on the value of data and the format in which it is presented. Using a myriad of examples, Aaron Koblin demonstrates how data visualization can be used to tell a story.         As an artist, Koblin’s […]

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Accelerating the Pace of Social Change

  This week the team from Markets For Good have been attending the Skoll World Forum, enjoying a host of sessions on best practice, new trends, and exciting innovations across the social enterprise space. One such data innovation that caught out eye comes from the Resilience Exchange, who practice what they call the “solutioning approach,” […]

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The Beauty of Data Visualization

  As many of you will you know, TED 2015: Truth or Dare is currently taking place in Vancouver, Canada. To mark this event, we thought it appropriate to cycle back through the years to one of our favorite TED talks, ‘The Beauty of Data Visualization‘ by David McCandless.   In David’s talk, he turns […]

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The Power Of Data To Create Powerful Change

  Kim Syman, Managing Partner at New Profit, feels it is “fair to say that data is among the most powerful, under-utilized, and incompletely understood forces in social problem solving.” However, in her latest piece in Fast Company she argues that the “complexity and dynamism of social problems and related human decisions are tremendous, so […]

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